DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS WITH CAREER-RELATED VOLUNTEER WORK By Eric Milot, Optician, B.B.A., M.Sc., O.O.D.
These days we are constantly looking for ways to be more efficient. We live in an individualistic world where everything happens very quickly—a world in which we all juggle schedules planned down to the minute. You may wonder why you should volunteer when you could be enjoying the nice weather and doing an enjoyable activity like going for a run in Mount Royal Park.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in career development, Rosy-Anne decided to get involved
in volunteering. She joined the youth employment centre as a liaison officer and we met through my professional network. Thank you, Stephanie! Before she even applied for the position, she knew that she wanted to put her communication and recruitment skills into practice. This experience has allowed her to take on new challenges and make a difference in her community.
" It’s a rewarding and enriching experience, both professionally and personally." she said.
Career-related volunteering fosters a mutually supportive relationship in which the volunteer draws on their professional knowledge and experience to help a non-profit organization (NPO) meet their needs. It’s an excellent opportunity for the volunteer to develop their talents while strengthening the organization. According to the Réseau de l’action bénévole du Québec (Quebec volunteer action network), 86% of young people aged 18 to 34 think that volunteering has helped them expand their skill set. Continue Reading...
WHO'S GOT TIME TO DO THE BOOKS THESE DAYS? We do, actually.
ctrl by Deloitte is very excited to partner with OAC to provide an association-wide solution for bookkeeping & accounting. Our goal is to become a one-stop-shop for all of your bookkeeping & accounting needs.
Currently, we're looking to provide 3 months of FREE BOOKKEEPING for three OAC Members to help with our pilot project. Please contact Bob Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest.
Better bookkeeping leads to less stress at year-end and more clarity throughout the year. Be better informed when you're looking to make financial decisions, such as hiring, growing, buying equipment etc.
In the meantime, if you have any bookkeeping or accounting questions, please contact email@example.com and have your questions answered.
CANADA'S TOP 40 UNDER 40 - CONGRATULATIONS SEAN SYLVESTER!
The OAC would like to congratulate Sean Sylvestre, Founder & CEO of Mobile Vision Care Clinic Inc. who is one of the Canada’s Top 40 under 40 2019 recipients.
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 is a dynamic awards program that identifies outstanding young achievers in Canadian business, visionaries and innovators changing the way things are done. They are inspiring others and already giving back to their communities and to Canada. And every one of them is under the age of forty.
“ I’m so fortunate to get a chance to help so many people see the world clearly for the first time. It’s such an honour to have been nominated and I’m humbled to be considered amongst such great Canadian leaders” – Sean Sylvester
The Mobile Vision Care Clinic is a social enterprise that works alongside schools, community health clinics and community groups to provide on-site vision care services including comprehensive eye exams and the dispensing of prescription eyeglasses, where necessary. The mission of the Mobile Vision Care Clinic is to ensure all Canadians have access to vision care regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.
By Diana Carver, Director - Opticians Association of Canada
This year, the Prince Edward Island Dispensing Opticians Association is celebrating 45 years of regulated dispensing. Although the smallest association in the country, started in 1974, it is still going strong today with 40 active members. Their OAC Director Diana Carver, is continually amazed at how the tight knit membership comes together to make a difference in their community. Education events maintain strong attendance which provide valuable time for discussion forums.
Finding volunteers within a small association can be a challenge simply due to numbers to draw from, but there are benefits as well. Having numerous members who have served in any capacity on the Association or the Board creates a real sense of ownership. PEI Opticians are very invested in their association. The association can be taken for granted when things are routine and just continue with the same process and delivery each year, but when changes are proposed, true passion can be found. Read more...
SCHOLARSHIP & GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2019
The OAC, in partnership with HOYA, The Optical Group, Luxottica and PPG are excited to offer Scholarship and Grant Opportunities for new students enrolling in the NAIT/OAC Optical Sciences Eyeglasses Program for the Fall 2019 intake.
These four (4) eligible opportunities will cover a students’ tuition fees and textbooks for all four (4) semesters of the Eyeglasses Program and the two (2) semester Contact Lens program. This opportunity is available to new OAC students only (within Canada, outside of the province of Alberta).
Thank you to HOYA, The Optical Group, Luxottica and PPG for supporting future Opticians!
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS NOVA SCOTIA SUMMER GAMES
Special Olympics is a movement dedicated to empowering the global population of people with intellectual disabilities through sport, health and related social services.
The Special Olympics Nova Scotia Summer Games will be held at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia this summer and we are looking for volunteers to help with the Opening Eyes eye-screening program during the Games!
We will be screening many athletes with special needs, and are running screening days on July 13th (Saturday all day), and July 14th (Sunday morning until approximately 1 PM). We can use all the help we can get! Click here for more information.
An understanding of what constitutes good or normal vision is fundamental to the eye care practitioner whose goal is to provide the best vision care to his/her patients. A “perfect” 20/20 vision measured in the doctor’s office may be far from perfect in the real world.
Contact Lens Spectrum Magazine - June 2019 - Page 22 THE FULL SPECTRUM OF KERATOCONUS CARE “Keratoconus is a disease of the cornea that, if left untreated, can lead to loss of vision, decreased quality of life, and potentially to blindness. Eyecare practitioners are the gatekeepers of keratoconus management… We now know that the prevalence and incidence of the disease is much higher than what is typically reported in the literature. Keratoconus is not a rare disease…” Read the article...